Cars in James Bond Movies: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
James Bond movies are known for sexy cars, women, and Mr. Bond himself. While there are many extremely sexy cars, like the multiple Alfa Romeo models and the Aston Martins, there are plenty of rather ugly cars that defy the norm. These are a few of the best and worst cars that made appearances in the hot spy flicks over the years.
Aston Martin Vanquish: In Die Another Day, Mr. Bond drives the sexiest Bond car on the planet. This smooth ride is able to disappear, which is actually quite sad because it looks so good on the icy roads. It was an homage to the DB5, but so much more refined.
Range Rover Sport HSE: Bond could not drive any other SUV. The posh Range Rover made its appearance in Quantum of Solace where Bond drives a steel grey one in Bolivia. Another Range Rover appears in Skyfall, too.
1964 Lincoln Continental: The car was bad in the sense of being so good, it’s “bad.” Even though the car belonged to Auric Goldfinger, of the eponymous film, it is so hard to dislike the most uniquely designed of all Continentals. This fourth generation Continental has made many film appearances as a tough-guy car. One even takes Bond to the airport later in the same film.
Ford Mustang Mach 1: Again, another car that is bad to the bone. The Mach 1 was one tough muscle car. In Diamonds are Forever, this one is so “bad” is drives on two wheels through a tight alley space. This car also belonged to a Bond villain: Diamond Smuggler Tiffany Case.
AMC Matador: The Man with the Golden Gun was obviously sponsored by AMC; otherwise, how on earth would a car as ugly as this get into a sexy Bond film. The 1974 AMC Matador makes one of the best getaways from any movie – ever. The car turns into an airplane so it can fly the bad guys out of Thailand. There were two versions of the AMC Matador car-plane, one was full size and the other was a small remote controlled version.
Dodge Diplomat: These will forever be recognized as the common police car, so they will never be a sexy car. The Diplomat appear in A View to a Kill as the police cars in San Francisco. It was accompanied by other uglies: Dodge Monacos and Plymouth Volares